The Gephardt Institute hosts the Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Awards each year. Here, Bob Virgil (center) gathers with 2022 honorees at Washington University’s Stix House. Not pictured: Sandra M. Moore. Photo by Whitney Curtis/WUSTL Photos

Founded during Washington University in St. Louis’ Sesquicentennial year, the Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award is an annual award recognizing a select group of WashU community members who exemplify a character of service and engagement with the St. Louis region.

Any member of the WashU community, past or current, who resides in and serves the St. Louis community is eligible to receive the award. This includes students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, and volunteers* of the university.

Congratulations to our 2022 Honorees!

Nominate a WashU Peer for the 20th Annual Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Awards

Nominations for the 20th Annual Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award cycle are now open! Please be sure to send us your submission by November 20th for consideration. Honorees will be announced in early 2023.

Characteristics of Award Honorees

The award committee anticipates a broad range of nominations that define service to community in many different ways. While the committee is not looking for a specific type of community involvement, characteristics of award honorees might include one or more of the following:

  • Shows compassion for others
  • Exudes passion for a social, cultural or economic issue
  • Creates positive impact on the St. Louis community
  • Considers service to the community to be a way of life
  • Goes above and beyond professional responsibilities in their service to St. Louis
  • Is dedicated to serving others
  • Demonstrates selflessness
  • Positively influences other’s perceptions of St. Louis
  • Believes in the St. Louis region
  • Inspires compassion and action in others

18th Annual Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award Ceremony

The WashU community convened on April 21, 2021, for the 18th Annual Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award. The event, hosted at Stix House on the Danforth Campus, gathered a diverse audience for the award’s first virtual ceremony.

View the 2021 Ethic of Service Awards Program

For More Information

*For purposes of the Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award, university volunteers have a formal, active, and sustained role with a Washington University organization, usually in a leadership capacity, through the Board of Trustees, National Advisory Councils, or recognized university auxiliary organizations.